If you think it's politicians who run the show, think again. Councillor Cameron Brewer has sent out a press release warning that Council Officers plan to ban wood burning stoves and open fireplaces. Waiheke will not be exempt from these provisions.
I know only too well how out of control some Council officers are.
Auckland Councillor Cameron Brewer says panicked council staff are determined to quickly push through costly measures to ban domestic open fireplaces as well as phase out pre-2005 wood burners, affecting nearly 90,000 Auckland homes.
Once again Cameron tells it as it is.
Being around Auckland Council can feel like being in the plot of that famous British television comedy ‘Yes Minister’. There are numerous stories of Council bureaucrats doing as they want and not as they are told. Especially regarding policy and actions in which they themselves have a vested interest; which as employees, of course, they shouldn’t. It’s unprofessional.
Unfortunately, the local Waiheke scene is not immune from this. Wearing your Green politics on your sleeve is not a good idea for any salaried officer and is bound to affect one’s judgement from time to time.
Ignoring due process; diverting budgets to one’s pet projects; acting without authority; confirming one’s own policy preferences through so-called public consultation and ‘going slow’ (even refusing to act) on projects already approved by the politicians are all devices that an unruly bureaucrat can use.
What an eye opener! On top of their own workload, the people elected to govern could spend all day, every day running around after Council officers who insist on ‘doing their own thing’ instead of doing what they were asked to do. Sounds like Cameron, and hopefully some other councillors, are fast finding this out.
"Councillors kicked this for touch in 2012. Nonetheless as of last year council had already spent at least $360,000 on reports and staff time to keep pushing this change through. With the 2016 target quickly looming, unfortunately it now seems a case of when not if," says Cameron Brewer.
Just so Cameron. You’re just the elected representative. Show who's boss and govern.